Hassan Bello, Shippers’ Council ES/CEO
The Federal Government is working towards ensuring that operations at the Nigerian Seaports are close to 100 per cent digitalization before April this year.
The Executive Secretary/ CEO of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), the economic regulator of the Seaports sub sector , Hassan Bello made the revelation when he visited the Chairman of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) , in his office in Abuja during the week.
He disclosed that the plan of government is that the stakeholders at the seaports should achieve 90 per cent digitalization by the end of the first quarter of this year ,adding that some concessionaires at the ports have however digitalized by up to 98 per cent.
According to him, “Our target is that by the end of the first quarter of this year , we should achieved 90 per cent digitalization so you don’t need to go to the port to transact business.
‘’The ports are already being digitized as “some terminal operators have 98 per cent and others are coming up”.
The government is likewise planning to begin the implementation of 24 hours operations at the seaports in line with what obtains at the airports.
He said, ‘’we are also aiming to have 24 hours operations at the seaports, just like the airports. We are doing it in conjunction with our sister agencies at the ports’’.
Bello disclosed that the implementation of the Nigerian Port Process Manual (NPPM) recently approved by the Federal Government has commenced, with no provision for individual inspections by agencies, directing inspection agencies to assemble for joint inspection by 9 a.m.
The Shippers’ Council’s boss stated that what causes delay is the lack of harmonisation of operating procedures of many agencies at the ports , saying that the NPPM expects all agencies to be on the same page in the realm goods inspection, to check delays, ensure efficiency, and promote ease of doing business.
The NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa in his response pledged his support to the new reform.